Donaire was born on November 16, 1982 in Bohol, Philippines, and currently carries a record of 31-1 with 20 wins coming by knockout.
As an amateur, Donaire won three national championships including the National Silver Gloves in 1998, National Junior Olympics in 1999 and the National USA Tournament in 2000.
On July 7, 2007, as a 7-1 underdog, Donaire scored a 5th-round knockout over Vic Darchinyan to win the IBF flyweight title. This victory was awarded Ring Magazine's "Knockout of the Year" and "Upset of the Year" for 2007.
Donaire defended his title successfully three times before moving up to the super flyweight division. On August 15, 2009, Donaire defeated Rafael Concepcion to become the WBA interim champion.
In February of 2011, Donaire challenged Fernando Montiel for his WBC and WBO bantamweight titles, and won by a second-round knockout.
Then, in October of ‘11, Donaire successfully defended his titles with a lopsided decision over Omar Narvaez.
In February of 2012, Donaire moved up to the super bantamweight division to go for yet another championship title in his fourth weight division. He faced Wilfredo Vasquez Jr. and won by a split decision to claim the vacant WBO title.
In July of ‘12, Donaire unified his WBO title with the IBF championship when he defeated Jeffrey Mathebula by a unanimous decision. The IBF belt was later vacated when Donaire opted to face Toshiaki Nishioka in October of ’12. Donaire won by a ninth-round TKO.
In December of ’12, Donaire knocked out Jorge Arce in round three.
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